Read this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide about the Turf War event. Check out how to trigger & start monster Turf War, which monsters fight each other, pros & cons, and more!
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What Is A Turf War?
2 Large Monsters Meet & Fight Over Territory
In Monster Hunter World, a "Turf War" is when 2 large monsters meet and fight over the shared space. They both do significant damage to each other and the stronger one usually wins - with the losing monster moving into another area.
Not All Monsters Initiate A Turf War
Not all monsters that meet each will start a Turf War. You can check if it's a legitimate Turf War when you see the prompt on the right side of the screen.
Monsters Attack Each Other Even Without Turf War
Even if monsters don't initiate a Turf War, they can still attack each other. They can also pull the aggression of the other monster away from you, making them attack each other instead.
Causes HP Damage & Can Break Parts
Monsters that are caught in a Turf War can cause significant damage to each other. They do special moves that can lower HP bars and even break monster parts.
How To Trigger A Turf War
Make 2 Specific Monsters Meet In Large Area
Not all large monsters that meet will start a Turf War. You need 2 specific large monsters and they need to be in a large area to fight it out. You can keep a monster in a certain area by using traps or flash pods until the other monster arrives.Check Out How To Find & Track Large Monsters!
Use Dung Pods To Move Monsters Around
If you're having trouble finding and witnessing a Turf War, you can use Dung Pods to move monsters around. Dung Pods make monsters leave their current area and move to another that they normally frequent.
Can Miss a Chance for Turf War
If you mounted one of the monsters or knocked them down while the other just arrived, this can cause the turf war to not trigger. Make sure not to do any of these just as the other is arriving.
Pros & Cons Of Monster Turf War
Monsters Will Damage Each Other
When there's a Turf War, monsters will turn their attention away from you and focus on each other instead. They'll do a significant amount of damage to each other which will make it easier for you to defeat them later on.
Monster Aggression Moves Away From You
During a Turf War, you have a few moments to yourself - you can recover & sharpen. The monsters' aggression will be turned away from you, giving you a chance to breathe and next your plan of attack.
2 Monsters To Fight In 1 Area
Turf Wars can be dangerous as there are now 2 large monsters in one area. After their battle, unless one monster moves away immediately, their focus and aggression can turn to you.
Laid Down Traps Will Get Destroyed
If you're looking to lay down a trap, it's best not to do so during a Turf War. If the two feuding monsters hit your trap during a Turf War, they won't be caught in it but the trap will get destroyed, wasting precious resources.
Monster Turf War Chart Per Area
Monsters That Initiate Turf War In All Areas
|Seething Bazelgeuse||VS||Savage Deviljho||TIE|
Ancient Forest Turf Wars
|Great Jagras||VS|| Anjanath |
|Tobi Kadachi||VS|| Anjanath |
| Rathalos or Azure Rathalos |
|Rathalos||VS|| Deviljho |
Wildspire Waste Turf Wars
| Diablos or Black Diablos |
| Diablos |
| Black Diablos |
|Diablos||VS|| Deviljho |
Coral Highlands Turf Wars
| Odogaron |
| Odogaron |
| Legiana |
|Legiana||VS|| Deviljho |
|Nightshade Paolumu||VS||Ebony Odogaron|
Rotten Vale Turf Wars
| Odogaron |
|Odogaron||VS|| Vaal Hazak |
|Ebony Odogaron||VS||Acidic Glavenus||TIE|
|Great Girros||VS||Savage Deviljho|
|Ebony Odogaron||VS||Savage Deviljho|
|Blackveil Vaal Hazak||VS||Savage Deviljho|
Elder's Recess Turf Wars
|Kushala Daora||VS|| Nergigante |
|Teostra||VS|| Nergigante |
|Ebony Odogaron||VS||Azure Rathalos||TIE|
|Brute Tigrex||VS||Azure Rathalos||TIE|
|Viper Tobi-Kadachi||VS||Savage Deviljho|
|Shrieking Legiana||VS||Savage Deviljho|
|Savage Deviljho||VS||Ruiner Nergigante||TIE|
|Zinogre||VS||Scarred Yian Garuga||TIE|